08 Jul 2016 08:30am
BETHANIE, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - More than 400 learners from various schools in the //Karas and Hardap regions attended the second annual Career Assessment and Mentorship Programme, (CAMP Campus), here on Tuesday.
The idea is the brainchild of Sidney Boois, who was a learner at the Schmelen Combined School at Bethanie.
Boois, who is also the director of CAMP Campus, decided to plough back into the community he grew up in and where he attended school.
Boois told Nampa during the event that education is important to the development of the country and one can only do so by spending time with learners from especially smaller communities, which can have a long-term impact on their future.
Ploughing back education into the community is an adventure of life, while life is a journey that unfolds and as life unfolds, you need to be able to adapt, he said.
He advocates for a total paradigm shift that members of smaller communities normally pursue careers in the public service such as police officers, nurses and teachers.
Boois leads a successful career at the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA), and is a family man.
Let us go back and plant ourselves, long-term wise, in the communities we come from, Boois said,
He urged businessmen and women in the community to invest time in the educational institutions that provided them with the basis of their success.
Hardap Regional Governor Esme Isaack, who represented the Minister of Education Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, called on the learners to take their education seriously.
Change your attitude towards your schoolwork, your teacher and towards your parents and your community as the ball is in your hands, Isaack said, adding that a career expo is not a usual sight in remote villages such as Bethanie.
Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspiration and capitalise on the opportunities availed to them, she said.
The ministry of education supports these kinds of partnerships wholeheartedly to ensure that early interventions by way of coaching and mentorship form part of the modern education system, Isaack added.
Institutions like the University of Namibia (UNAM), Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT), Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol), Old Mutual, The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) and Bethanie Village Council took part in the 2016 CAMP Campus.
Grade 11 and 12 learners from schools as far as Lüderitz, Keetmanshoop, Mariental and host Bethanie were at the expo that featured information providing stalls of the various educational institutions.